Statement from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and VALOR on Anticipated Cuts to Critical Funding
Beginning July 2024, Cal OES is anticipating a reduction to California VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program of $105,800,000 -$132,100,000 as a result of declines in the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding. This funding is the backbone to California’s response to crime victims’ needs. VOCA provides funds for an array of critical services and programs that support Californians after they have experienced a crime which includes domestic violence service providers, Rape Crisis Centers, legal assistance, human trafficking services, a range of options to address survivor homelessness, and other vital services. Cuts to this funding will have devastating impacts to survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their families.
The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and VALOR are mobilizing our members and allies to work with our elected representatives to avert any cuts. We will continue to advocate for the needs of our programs, advocates, and survivors to ensure equitable access to funding. We further recognize the disproportionate impacts funding cuts would have on communities and programs that support historically marginalized survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Our organizations are dedicated to ensuring that equity is at the center of any decisions made to enact funding cuts.